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Picture Daniel Tomkins
PhD Student
Algorithms & Applications Group

Parasol Laboratory url: http://parasol.tamu.edu/~kittsil/
Department of Computer Science and Engineering email:
Texas A&M University office: 407D HRBB
College Station, TX 77843-3112 tel:
USA fax: (979) 458-0718


Howdy! I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in Parasol Lab, Texas A&M University. I recieved my bachelors in Computer Science and Mathematics from Abilene Christian University. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I participated in many mathematics and computer science competitions, including the Putnam Mathematics Competion and the ACM-ICPC Programming Contest. I entered A&M as a Graduate Merit Fellow in 2011.

I am extremely interested in the science of computation; my broad interests are algorithm design, complexity analysis, and complexity classes. I have a specific interest in how randomization may be used to attain guaranteed performance. Together with my advisor Nancy Amato, I designed the SCCMulti algorithm, which employs this type of randomized guarantee.

I have been a member of Parasol Lab for three years. During this time, I have worked on parallel graph algorithms, motion planning under uncertainty, and planning folding motions for infinite degree-of-freedom robots. I am currently investigating parallel graph partitioning, identifying approximate graph isomorphisms, and parallelizing data mining algorithms.


Publications

Mukulika Ghosh, Daniel Tomkins, Jory Denny, Sam Rodriguez, Marco Morales Aguirre, Nancy M. Amato, "Planning Motions for Shape-Memory Alloy Sheets," Origami 6, 6(6):501-511, Dec 2015.
Journal(pdf)

Daniel Tomkins, Timmie Smith, Nancy M. Amato, Lawrence Rauchwerger, "Efficient, Reachability-based, Parallel Algorithms for Finding Strongly Connected Components," Technical Report, TR15-002, Parasol Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3112, Jan 2015.
Technical Report(pdf, abstract)

Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi, Saurav Agarwal, Aditya Mahadevan, Suman Chakravorty, Daniel Tomkins, Jory Denny, Nancy M. Amato, "Robust Online Belief Space Planning in Changing Environments: Application to Physical Mobile Robots," In Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Robot. Autom. (ICRA), pp. 149 - 156, Hong Kong, China, May 2014. Also, Technical Report, TR13-007, Parasol Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M University, Jul 2013.
Proceedings(pdf, abstract) Technical Report(pdf, abstract)